Cops: Woman Had Axe To Grind With Repossessors
Also, police say robbery witnesses weren't fooled by a painted-on mustache.
There are a lot of tools you can use against repossession of your property: debt negotiation, a good lawyer ...
... an axe ...
Bridgewater police say that's the tool one resident chose when her vehicle was being taken in mid-January. She's accused of attacking a tow truck with the axe, in an attempt to free her vehicle.
The woman was processed for a charge of disorderly conduct, and her car was towed away.
Each Monday, Patch takes a peek at some of the more surprising, shocking, stunning and occasionally silly police-related incidents reported throughout New Jersey for "OMGs from NJ PDs." Some of the other reports:
- "You Must Pay the Rent!" "I Can't Pay The ... Wait, Is That Paint?" Toms River Police said a man believed to have robbed a convenience store earlier in January returned to rob again Jan. 22. This time, he reportedly had a clever disguise—a painted-on mustache. But witnesses saw through the ploy, police said, and identified the man as the same robber from earlier incidents. No word on whether the same witnesses have also noticed Clark Kent looks suspiciously like Superman with a pair of glasses and a missing spitcurl, or that Jack Tripper bears a strong family resemblance to his brother, Austin.
- Points For Bravery: Montclair police say a Kings Supermarket employee noticed two men with a shopping cart full of shoplifted rock salt. When the employee tried to confront the pair, they ran into their car, police said. The employee, a 50-year-old Garwood resident, attempted to stop the fleeing car ... by placing himself in front of it. The bold move fell short; the pair reportedly sped up and hit the employee, though he wasn't hurt.
- Well, That Worked Out Well: When speeding cop cars can't catch up to a vehicle, sometimes a perfectly stationary tree can get the job done. East Windsor cops say that's what happened when they spotted a car going nearly 80 mph in a 40-mph zone, and they eventually had to break off their own high-speed pursuit because of the dangerous conditions it was creating. They found the wanted car not long after, leaning up against a tree on the side of the road. The driver was fine ... if you don't count all the legal trouble he's in.
- How Lewd! A 33-year-old Hobokenite was just minding his business ... if you know what we mean ... on Jan. 21, when he got in some trouble with the law. A woman told police she was watching television when she looked outside, and saw the man naked, at his fifth-floor window ... minding his business ... if, again, you know what we mean. She didn't think it was the most appropriate behavior, and neither did the cops, who arrested the man and took him to headquarters. (If you don't know what we mean, think back to that episode of Seinfeld where everyone tried to hold off minding their own business for as long as possible, or click the link for a slightly more graphic description.)
- They Always Return to the Scene of the Crime: Sometimes, they never leave it. Washington Township, Morris County police didn't have to look far to find the teen suspected of stealing gift cards from a Target in town. The teen, an employee of the store, tried to redeem them at the same location, police said.
- D'oh, A Deer! East Windsor police said they got reports of gunshots, and eventually found the man a witness said got into a pickup truck after leaving the area. In the truck were three freshly killed deer and one deer head, as well as a shotgun ... but the main maintained he hadn't been hunting, police said. He was "dressed in heavy outdoor clothing and boots with fresh blood on his pants,” yet denied he'd been hunting, and told officers the truck and gun weren't his, police said. Maybe it's just us, but when we see a guy covered in blood with a shotgun in on him, we hope he's been hunting. Seems like the best of all possible options.
- I'm Telling My Mom On Your Mom: Wrestlers are used to getting pushed around ... just not by each other's mothers. But police in Washington Township of Morris County report a Mansfield woman was arrested on a charge of simple assault after confronting her son’s 15-year-old wrestling opponent and pushing him into a wall. Referees didn't become involved, but officers did.